Cheslyn Hay Local History Society Newsletter 29th December 2019


No Events this week

Our Salem Base

Our Salem Base is shut this Tuesday 31st December due to maintenance on the floor at Salem we will be open 7th January.  See you all in The New Year.

What Happened This Week 50/100 years ago…by Mike Belcher

Cannock Advertiser  23rd December 1969  Details of the Cheslyn Hay Primary School’s Christmas party.

Cannock Courier  27th December 1919  Full details of the proposed celebration of the centenary of Salem Chapel, at Cheslyn Hay, with a list of the baptisms in the old thatched chapel over a hundred years ago.
27th December 1919  Story of the Salem Church, Cheslyn Hay, being crowded to its utmost capacity on Sunday evening for a Christmas service arranged by Mr. Arnold S. Hawkins.

Memories  One of our members Phil Evans asked ” Who remembers tasting the Dryad paste when making paper chains and lanterns in Mrs Price’s Class at Pinfold Lane infants School when we were building up to The Birth of Jesus and the celebrations of Christmas time”

General News

Our Publications are now available to purchase on ebay as well as from our base


Cheslyn Hay Local History Society Newsletter – 22nd December 2019

Merry Christmas to all our Members


No Events this week

Our Salem Base

Our Salem Base is open from  9am – 2pm every Tuesday
We are open as usual this Tuesday ,Christmas Eve, unfortunately due to maintenance in the Salem Hall on Tuesday 31st December we will be closed.  See you all in the New Year

What Happened This Week 50/100 years ago…by Mike Belcher

Cannock Advertiser  17th December 1969 Details of the Cheslyn Hay William Baxter Schools Christmas party.
17th December 1969    Christmas for needy children with a toy service held at Cheslyn Hay Salem on Sunday.
17th December 1969  The Wesley Guild held Antiques Evening with old photographs and curios.

17th December 1969  Cheslyn Hay Bowls Club’s Awards Night listing all finalists in all competitions.
17th December 1969  After meeting at Cheslyn Hay Community Centre for many years the villages Over 60’s Club has changed its headquarters to Salem Church Lecture Room.  Full details.
Cannock Courier  20th December 1919  Messrs. Blencowe’s Brewery, applied to the magistrates for sanction to alter and enlarge the premises known as the New Inns, Station Street, Cheslyn Hay.

Memories of Peter Cadman, reprinted from Newsletter December 2010, with his experiences of delivering the Christmas post in 1968 mentioning many of the Cheslyn Hay characters from that era.

Cheslyn Hay Local History Society Newsletter – 15th December 2019


No Events this week.

Our Salem Base

Our Salem Base is open from 9am – 2pm every Tuesday
We will be opening our base on Christmas Eve, this will enable people who are normally working to pop in and have a cuppa and browse our archives or perhaps do some local research.

What Happened This Week 50/100 years ago…by Mike Belcher

Cannock Advertiser  11th December 1969  Old and needy people in the Great Wyrley and Cheslyn Hay area will have an extra surprise this Christmas – gifts of food parcels from one of their residents associations.
11th December 1969  The committee of Landywood Estate Residents and Welfare Association is appealing for six strong men to help with the erection of Christmas trees in Coppice Close, Cheslyn Hay and the Landywood estate.
Cannock Chase Courier  13th December 1919  George Mason, of Cheslyn Hay, found guilty to disorderly behaviour in High Street.

13th December 1919    Cheslyn Hay United defeated Harvey Ltd. Full report.


Following on from last week’s discussion on “The Rec”  full Newspaper reports researched by Dave Washington are published, if anyone has any photographs past or present we would be very grateful for a copy, we only have a few in our archives.

General News

We are hoping to increase our range of photographs for future generations to enjoy, and to help preserve a visual aspect of the changing village over the years. Have any of our readers got any photographs of the village or local people we could copy for our archives. You can call in at our base any Tuesday morning or email copies to the email address below. Many people now have their photos stored digitally on their phones or computers; we would welcome any copies of new and old photos from any source including photographic slides or negatives for our archives.


Cheslyn Hay Local History Society Newsletter – 8th December 2019 Events

No Events this week

Our Salem Base
Our Salem Base is open from  9am – 2pm every Tuesday. Committee meeting 1pm, 10th December.

What Happened This Week 50/100 years ago…by Mike Belcher

Cannock Avertiser 4th December 1969  Mrs Anne Margaret Mumford, a 23-years-old Cheslyn Hay woman died when the car in which she was a passenger skidded out of control and smashed into a telegraph pole, an inquest jury heard.  Full report.

 4th December 1969  Story of the wives of Cheslyn Hay and Great Wyrley Chrysanthemum growers who are being asked to take more interest.
 4th December 1969  A lorry driver “came as possible” to killing a Cheslyn Hay woman police-constable, Christine Moore and her boyfriend, a magistrate said at Cannock on Monday. Full story.

Cannock Chase Courier  6th December 1919  The death took place at Cannock Workhouse, on Tuesday, of Mary Ann Withnall (83) who resided at 125, High Street, Cheslyn Hay. 
6th December 1919  Chat from Cheslyn Hay  The Council Schools were re-opened on Monday morning after being closed for over six weeks, owing to the heating apparatus being out of order.

On Monday evening the clubroom at the Lord Nelson Hotel was crowded on the occasion of a Concert in aid of Mr. J. Wolloxhall, who is an old and respected citizen, and who has been ill for some time.

Mr. J. Bull, on Monday evening at the Literary and Debating Society gave an interesting paper on his experiences in Palestine.

Old Newspapers Researched by Dave Washington

6th December 1919 Staffordshire Advertiser  On the 27th Ult. about 120 employees of Messrs. G. W. Lewis’s Rosemary Tileries, Cheslyn Hay, were entertained to dinner by the firm at The Red Lion Inn, Cheslyn Hay.

Last Tuesday morning two of our regular visitors were talking about “The Rec” when it was opened and if there was ever a Helter Skelter there? Our Chairman Malcom Podmore has found the following in our archives.

From March 13th 2016 Newsletter

MEMORIES From a 2002 interview with Joe Cadman on his time when growing up in Cheslyn Hay involving his memories of the Recreation Ground in Station Street. Also from The Bygone Days of Cheslyn Hay book confirming the generosity of Mr Henry Hawkins who on 17th July 1906 made the gift of the field to the village for recreational purposes. His son, Mr Arnold S. Hawkins, also erected a sports pavilion on the site on 31st March 1929.

Cheslyn Hay Local History Society Newsletter – 1st December 2019

Our Speakers night with  Martin Wood, Shrewsbury Town Crier who talked on the Trials and Tribulations of the World’s Tallest Town Crier!! Who stands a mere 7ft 2ins tall was very warmly received.  He gave a very interesting talk on the history of Town Criers as well as an account of his own adventures as Shrewsbury Town Crier.

Our Salem Base
Our Salem Base is open from  9am – 2pm every Tuesday

What Happened This Week 50/100 years ago…by Mike Belcher

Cannock Advertiser  27th November 1969  Story of rats on the Sutherland Road estate.
27th November 1969  Poor road conditions in Landywood Lane
27th November 1969  Chairman of Cannock Rural Health Committee, councillor D. A. Stanton, found guilty of selling a mouldy cream cake.

Cannock Chase Courier  25th November 1919  Death of miner Wilfred Garratt, aged 21 years, of 127 Station Street, Cheslyn Hay.

Newspapers researched by Dave Washington
29th November 1919 Staffordshire Advertiser carried an interesting article on Housing Conditions in the Cannock District including details on Cheslyn Hay.

29th November 1919 Staffordshire Advertiser  An application was received from Messrs T. A. Hawkins and Sons, Old Coppice Colliery, asking for permission to extend their mineral siding by crossing Lodge Lane, Cheslyn Hay.

Cheslyn Hay Local History Society Newsletter – 24th November 2019

Speakers night Thursday 28th November 2019 ,Salem Schoolroom, High Street, Cheslyn Hay, commencing at 7.30pm Admission £1.00 including refreshments.
The theme  is “Have Bell – Will Yell”. We are welcoming Martin Wood, Shrewsbury Town Crier who will talking on the Trials and Tribulations of the Worlds Tallest Town Crier!! who stands a mere 7ft 2ins tall. 


Our Salem Base
Our Salem Base is open from  9am – 2pm every Tuesday

What Happened This Week 50/100 years ago…by Mike Belcher
Cannock Advertiser  20th November 1969  A “fry up” supper raised £6 for the Salem Sunday School modernisation fund.
The fish and chip meal was arranged by the church’s special efforts committee, and was prepared by Mrs. I. Cartwright and Devereux.
20th November 1969  Parents see new school at Glenthorne Primary School, 
organised by headmaster, Mr. D. J. Bickley.
18th November 1919  In Memoriam in loving memory of Maud Mary, aged 27, the beloved daughter of Benjamin and Lucy Potts.

18th November 1919  Chat from Cheslyn Hay On Monday evening a good company assembled in the Christian Endeavour room under the auspices of the Debating Society.

Another junior club, Littlewood Albion, opened the season on Saturday by a visit from Shareshill Villa Reserves with details.

Responses  We received a thank you email last week from Donald Parbrook, his grandfathers (Rev. George Parbrook) cousin was Harry Brevitt who was one of the fallen of WWI named on our the War Memorial  with full details.

General News
We are nearing the end of our 25th Anniversary year, Cheslyn Hay & District Local History Society was set up in 1994 and has grown in strength over the years. In 2010 the society acquired an archives room to the rear of the Salem Methodist Church Hall which became open to the Local Community and Society Members every Tuesday from 9am till 2pm. All of our extensive library of Photos have been digitalized and copies are available to purchase.  All the local parish registers and cemetery records have been transcribed and are searchable by name on our database. If you would like a search on our database please send us your family details and we can send you more details of any entries we find and the cost if you require copies.

Cheslyn Hay Local History Society Newsletter 17th November 2019

Salem Methodist Church, High Street, Cheslyn Hay are holding their Christmas Fayre on Saturday 23rd November 11am – 3pm.
Cheslyn Hay Comminuty Choir will be performing at 11am. Refreshments including light lunches will be available. You can visit Santa Grotto and there will be various stalls selling books, cards, crafts, Bric-a-Brac etc
We will be having a table selling our New Book and other publications, hope to see you all there .

Our Christmas Chat n Char Party
We have received some emails from our members thanking us for such an enjoyable morning , it was well worth all the hard work knowing how much the party was appreciated, thank you to everyone who helped make the morning such a success, and a special thank you to the Cheslyn Hay Community Choir who put together an excellent concert for us at such short notice.

Our Salem Base
Our Salem Base is open from  9am – 2pm every Tuesday

What Happened This Week 50/100 years ago…by Mike Belcher

Cannock Chase Advertiser  13th November 1969
Higher standard and more entries at the Cheslyn Hay Great Wyrley and District Chrysanthemum Society show.  Full details.

13th November1969  Funeral Mr. Frank Paxton of 14, Wesley Avenue, Cheslyn Hay.

13th November 1969  Story of the Cheslyn Hay Legions sink or swim meeting
13th November 1969 Details of Cheslyn Hay Methodist Play Group’s coffee morning.

No reports for Cheslyn Hay this week in 1919

This Week in Cannock Chase Courier 1953
6th November1953 As no other department of the County Council is interested in land in Pinfold Lane, Cheslyn Hay, surplus to requirements for a primary school, the Education Committee is to sell it.  Full details.

13th November 1953  Mr. G. Bladon, Mr. T. Southern and Mr. G. Whitehouse were voted by the committee life members of the Cheslyn Hay Over 60s Club, with free refreshments and competitions.

13th November 1953  Enoch Jukes of 7. Saredon Road, Cheslyn Hay, was admitted to the Royal Hospital, Wolverhampton, with a fractured leg and injuries at the Hilton Main Colliery.

Origins of Cheslyn Hay
During the medieval period the place name ‘Cheslyn Hay’ referred to one of the seven ‘hays’ which lay within Cannock Forest.  The hays were districts which were managed for game, woodland and pasture by bailiffs on behalf of the King; after the 14th century it appears that the hays were the last remaining vestiges of the once much larger Cannock Forest.  The precise area covered by Cheslyn Hay in the later medieval period is unknown.  The historic core of Cheslyn Hay is focused upon an area we now know as High Street, Low Street and Queen Street and  was known as ‘despite the expansion of settlement across this area through infilling and the re-development of older properties during the mid to late 20th century.  However, this historic core retains 19th century red brick houses, some of which have been rendered, which are probably associated with the development of industry during this period.  Similar houses also survive on Cross Street whose straight course suggests a later date of origin.  Settlement was located on Dundalk Lane, the northern portion of Moon’s Lane, Upper Landywood Lane and Landywood Lane by at least the late 18th century.  Some of this settlement which originated in the 17th century is confirmed by the survival of a row of Grade II Listed cottages of this date in Dundalk Lane.  Timber framing survives to the rear of these properties which have seen early 18th century and late 20th century alterations. Expansion begins in the early 20th century along Station Street where red brick semi-detached houses survive.  By the 1960s the housing expansion had concentrated at Littlewood and Glenthorne.  The main period of expansion occurred in the last three decades of the 20th century to make the village what it is today.Wyrley Bank’ by  the late 17th century and Cheslyn Hay by the late 19th century.  The three lanes, all of which are shown on Yates’ map (1775), retain their original winding course